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Grateful Dead Live at Providence Civic Center on 1985-04-04

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Grateful Dead Live at Providence Civic Center on 1985-04-04

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Alabama Getaway-> Jack Straw, Dire Wolf, El Paso, She Belongs To Me, My Brother Esau, Friend Of The Devil, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal I Need A Miracle-> Crazy Fingers, Samson & Delilah, He's Gone-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Providence Civic Center
Location Providence, RI

Source Schoeps CMC441s (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Lineage Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac
Taped by Oade Brothers
Transferred by Doug Oade - Darren Sacks


Recorded by the Oade Brothers
Transferred by Doug Oade, tracked by Darrin Sacks (
Schoeps CMC441s (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2014
Subject: --
Man, the ultra-mellow vibe from this show is absolutely irresistible. Another great Oade AUD captures the crowd hanging on every turn of phrase...

Set 1 - as said, they're just not in a hurry at all. Jer doesn't quite manage Dylan's old tune, IMHO (much better versions abound this year), but his playing is, as usual for '85, off the chain - got to hand it to Sailor > Saint here...

Set 2 - Miracle opens - Crazy Fingers has, as expressed below, this double-timed beat that is a bit odd - verdict's not in yet on that one. But that GDTRFB - man oh MAN - Jer's fingers are absolutely tied into that opening riff!

Bobby's Lovelights were never anything spectacular - more like a welcome set closer. But he and Healy sure have fun with that final jam - they really take it waaaay out there vocally.

Big supporter here of '85 shows; this one is another great one from that spring tour. Relaxed, easy, fun, stuff here -
Reviewer: John L. White - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2013
Subject: "Holes in what's left of my reason..."
Another outstanding Oade Brothers recording. Best source- thanks guys.

First set is outstanding with much if the energy carried over throughout. She Belongs and Saint are the prizes of the show. GDTRFB lays it all out.

Overall a very fun, high energy gig that shouldn't be missed.
Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2012
Subject: a good fun show
a good fun show recorded nicely.Has that(feel like your there) quality to it. A must have 85 show for any deadhead.
Reviewer: dupree413 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2011
Subject: Gem of a Show
'85 is my favorite year. I know many find dicotomy with Jerry leaving the stage or standing stoic at times during the show. But for this one, I found Jerry more animated and certainly his voice in better form (regardless of flubbed lyrics).
His playing is crisp and he ventures into challenging waters by delivering the first She Belongs to Me in 19 years. Notice that he quickly uprights any mistakes - I think that's pretty cool.

LoveLight - I remember in the early 80's talking to older Heads who were not keen at all with Weir singing PigPen's old tunes. Good Lovin' was one thing (of course the arrangement was changed) but Smokestack and Lovelight?
If I want a good Weir Lovelight - there are 3 I would choose 1) 6/27/85; 2) 9/3/85 and 3) this one.

The band is cooking on this one and it is the band that delivers this Lovelight from being a throwaway to being a solid set closer.

Enjoy and God Bless.

P.S. I truly think that this show may have been considered for a DP or other Vault release - but for the aforementioned minor setbacks.
Reviewer: dustbowltom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2011
Subject: She's got an Egyptian ring, it sparkles when she speaks..
** really nice version of "She belongs to Me" then Esau and FOTD..set the time machine Sherman for 1985...
Reviewer: RISteve - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2010
Subject: good show
Was home on spring break and caught both of the April shows in Providence. Neither were five-star shows, but they very both very satisfying. We certainly enjoyed the first show, but this show was even better. She Belongs to Me is sweet and a first set Lost Sailor/St Circumstance got the crowd going. While the Crazy Fingers may not be thier best effort it didn't stop us from going absolutley nuts (and honestly I've heard worse versions - this really is pretty good). Really strong Lovelight to end the night. n
Reviewer: corby112 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: Another high quality 85 show!
This is a very well played, energetic show that features an excellent setlist and superb 1st set. The boys get things started with a hot Alabama>Jack and Jerry's voice sounds pretty good. He gets most of the lyrics in Alabama and his leads in Jack Straw are blistering. Dire Wolf is next and while short it is enthusiastic. El Paso is quick paced featuring more fiery leads from Garcia and an extended jam. One of the highlights of the evening comes next when Jerry busts out She Belongs To Me, a song they only played once before in '66. He flubs a bunch(read most) of the lyrics but he is singing soulfully with passion and his solo is great. The only letdown of the set comes next with a very plodding, mediocre reading of Esau. They bounce back quickly with a beautiful FOTD that includes a sweet extended jam with great Garcia soloing. The Sailor>Saint>Deal trifecta that closes the set is amazing. It is bursting with energy and all three are played and sung well. Bobby growls out the lyrics with passion and the whole band is going nuts in the Saint jam. They are going for it for sure. What a perfect ending to an incredible first set!

The energy continues in the second set with a rousing Miracle. This is one of the better versions of this song from this tour, featuring powerful vocals and hot leads. They stumble a bit wit a very awkward Crazy Fingers that takes a while before there is any cohesion. It's pretty much a throw away version. It kind of falls apart at the end and segues into an off tempo Samson. Garcia has some decent soloing but this version is somewhat off. The Wheel that comes out of Space is pulled off nicely with pretty harmonizing and segues into a decent Black Peter. The vocals are a bit rough but I never mind that in this song. They rush through an Around and around before ending the show on one of the night's highlights, Lovelight. This version features some intense jamming, incredibly hot fiery leads from Garcia and howling vocals from Bobby. This is an amazing way to close out a great show an has to be heard. Probably the best version I've heard sung by Bobby.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2008
Subject: Driftin' & dreamin'
I saw 7 shows on this tour and this one of the best. The 1st is very strong and gets stronger as it progresses. The LSD is awesome, maybe the last Sailor>Saint in a 1st set? We all heard that they sound checked Crazy Fingers so it was cool when they played it, althought it is quite disjointed. The rest of the set is very strong, highlights are the He's Gone> GDTRFB and an awesome Lovlight. Sound quality is excellent
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2008
Subject: Solid Spring '85
I'm convinced, Spring '85 was very solid for the lads. This show has a great Alabama> Jack Straw opener and is consistently good throughout. Excellent AUD too, you can't go wrong with the Oade brothers.
Reviewer: jocoshow1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2007
Subject: Chicken Legs
Anybody remember the Chicken Legs show at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel after the show? It wasn't too long after Lowell burned out. The remnants of Little Feat were smokin' with Kreutzmann on drums. They were selling LP's out of a box at the door. Lupo's was like a plywood outhouse and nobody was there. We just followed the drops of blood on the sidewalk, turns out they were really rose petals.
Reviewer: Rich D - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2007
Subject: Best 1st set opener!
I believe the Alabama>Jack Straw is the best first set opener I have seen or heard - high energy, right on the money. The whole first set is a 5 star rating. The second falls of a little, but still good.

While the main body of crazy fingers isn't great, it's not that bad. The jam out of crazy fingers is one of best ever! It warrants a listen.
Reviewer: cringle - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2006
Subject: tasty show, but fukt up fingers
good sounding AUD, note very bright sounding, but well balanced - and all the other good stuff the previous reviewers said.

man - that CrazyFingers with the skip-to-my-loo beat is disconcerting and not too enjoyable at all - but also a novelty for collectors I guess.
Reviewer: DoverDeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2006
Subject: Friends first show
By this time I had been to many shows...starting in 1982. This was my friends first, and a great first experience.

We were under a few influences that evening and all went well in that regard. The next day he asks me...Did they play cowboy music last night or was I imagining guessed it El Paso.

He was hooked and we still get together and remember when.

5 Stars for the memory alone
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2006
Subject: good stuff
again, intersting song placement and selection (lots to choose) make this very nice. Forget jer's froggy voice. there is tons of effort here on the part of the whole band. Check it out
Reviewer: wilson420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2006
Subject: Great show
noone mentions the massacre of dylans lyrics though...
Reviewer: ExplodingRodent - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2006
Subject: take the dark out of the nightime....
In the company of well-healed Providence College co-eds, the boys once again did not dissapoint at this sleepy New England venue. For those who care to remember, the Providence spring shows were as consistent as grandma's apple pie. This show, while not spectacular on paper or in person, was typical of the amped up, high-energy, foot stompin' mid eighties shows that kept you coming back for more.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2006
Subject: 85 prime time
Dire Wolf and She belongs to me.
That solo is so sick with Jerry rippin and Brent hittin those keys behind him. A nice mezmerizing hypnotic jam. Chula Vista has a real good she belongs to me also. Actually I think all those versions they did in 85 were great. Jerry's all over the place and lost in Crazyfingers and the drum beat is pretty fast. hmmmm I wonder if they were...??
Reviewer: VAJetsFan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2006
Subject: Set I
Set I absolutely smokes. I think this is my favorite Jack Straw--it just has so much pickin' and they are really tight the whole way through. Hard to believe the She Belongs to Me would top it, but I have to agree--it is amazing. The rest of the set is very solid. On the sound board version you can hear someone (Phil?) say, "How about Monkey and the Engineer?" right before Jerry breaks into the opening chords of Dire Wolf. Guess he didn't like the suggestion! The second set never really did it for me, but then again I couldn't stop listening to the first set--Get this one for sure!
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2005
Subject: Tight
Another tight show - She Belongs to Me is stellar. 5 stars - worth STREAMING
Reviewer: Shaggy_Bugga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2005
Subject: Nice AUD
One of the best AUD's I've heard. Great show and setlist. Check it out.
Reviewer: methylman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2005
Subject: Solid show
Most definitely a five-star show. The band keeps things interesting and mixes it up all night. And there's nothing like a well-done audience recording. The segue into Crazy Fingers is amazing; the song sounds like a train wreck at first-played twice as fast as it should be- then resolves nicely by the end. That East Coast energy comes thru again!
Reviewer: chinacat111 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2005
Subject: Great show!!!!
She belongs to me is smokin' and so is this show. Great sound and energy throughout
Reviewer: JamBandJunky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: IMO better than the VHS Hi-Fi SBD source
Great recording of a great show! This source is much more alive and teeming with energy than the sbd.
Reviewer: subversive7 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2004
Subject: Excellent show!
Great show. Jerry's on fire and The Boys are ON IT. Thanks Oade Bros!
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